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Stars who have fallen off the face of the earth

They were once huge stars winning coveted awards, scoring big movie parts and starring in hit television shows. We even had some of their posters on our walls! But where are they now?

Where are they now?

Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Rosie Perez were all once at the top of the Hollywood food chain. But these days, VIP call girls get more attention than they do.

Check which other stars went from talk of the town to plain old townies. 

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Freddie Prinze Jr.

Those eyes! That smile! Freddie was the ultimate late '90s heartthrob, starring in popular movies "She's All That" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and churning out feel-good romantic comedies opposite hotties like Jessica Biel and Julia Stiles with ease.

We can respect Freddie for devoting himself to his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and their two kids, we're just jealous that they're hogging him all to themselves. Even Sarah Michelle's acting career has resurfaced in comparison!

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Helen Hunt

The 47-year-old actress was nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy series for seven years in a row, from '93 to '99, winning the last three for her work on "Mad About You."

But since then her career has fizzled. She was part of the ensemble cast for 2006's "Bobby." And in 2007 she co-wrote, produced and directed "Then She Found Me."

But she's not exactly breaking records in the awards department anymore.  

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Adrien Brody

He's been acting consistently since the late '80s and finally in 2002 he shot to fame after winning the Academy Award for best actor for "The Pianist."

In the last few years, his most recognizable roles were in "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Splice."

Not exactly Oscar winners.

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Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Cuba burst on the scene after exclaiming "show me the money" in 1996's "Jerry Maguire."

The role won him an Oscar and a Golden Globe. But since then Cuba has starred in such duds as "Snow Dogs" (2002) and "Daddy Day Camp" (2007).

In 2009 the 43-year-old actor starred in four films that went straight to DVD. That's probably why we haven't seen much of him.  

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Geena Davis

The 54-year-old actress was the talk of Hollywood after playing Thelma in "Thelma & Louise" (1991). 

She later went on to star in her own TV show, "The Geena Davis Show" (2000-2001) and she played the president of the U.S. in the short-lived "Commander in Chief" (2005-2006).

She has three kids with her husband Reza Jarrahy and has concentrated on voicing roles in animated flicks in recent years, including Mrs. Eleanor Little in the "Stuart Little" movies. 

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Mischa Barton

Fox's "The O.C." was the show to watch from 2003 to 2007, and Mischa was poised to be the series' breakout star. But her career, like her character, went on a downward spiral and eventually bit the dust. She is working on a new project, however, a movie called "Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard," with Billy Zane. Could a zombie role ironically lead to her reincarnation? We'll have to wait and see.

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Rosie Perez

In the '90s Rosie had a thriving career as a sassy, quick-witted beauty in films like "It Could Happen to You" (1994) and "White Men Can't Jump" (1992).

Over the years the starring roles became few and far between. These days, she has been doing some smaller parts and guest roles for TV. 

In 2009, she made headlines once again but this time it was for an injury she sustained on the set of "Law & Order: SVU" during a stunt. She made a public appearance in 2010 still wearing a neck brace from the earlier incident. Yikes.

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Ruben Studdard

We know by now that winning "American Idol" doesn't guarantee you a career, but back in season two the show was so hot that Ruben's rivalry with Clay Aiken divided families everywhere. We were hoping he would make it big, like Kelly Clarkson did the season before him, but instead he just got big-- well, bigger-- and his next moment in the spotlight will be on NBC's weight loss competition, "The Biggest Loser."

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Elizabeth Berkeley

Many thought she would be the break-out star of the popular show "Saved by the Bell" when she landed the starring role in "Showgirls" in 1995. 

But that was her first and last major starring role. 

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Dave Chappelle

The stand-up comedian turned actor took a break from the spotlight in 2005 when he was unhappy with the direction of "Chappelle's Show." By then he was already a legend and fans could quote several of his hilarious sketches. 

"I'm Rick James, B***h!" was often shouted at his stand-up routines. 

In 2007 he slowly made his way back to the comedy circuit, but he's got a long way to go back to the top.

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Stars who have fallen off the face of the earth

They were once huge stars winning coveted awards, scoring big movie parts and starring in hit television shows. We even had some of their posters on our walls! But where are they now?

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